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AHS Weekly Wellness News: Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

During the holiday season, festive gatherings often mean a lot of food!  How can you enjoy what the holiday season has to offer while still making healthy choices?  Read on for tips on how to make it possible.

At home:
  • Since you will likely be busier than usual, have convenient healthy food available.
  • Buy washed cut up vegetables and fruit for easier choices at meals and snacks.
  • Keep higher calorie food out of sight. This makes it less tempting to have them for a snack.
  • If there are leftovers from a meal, send them home with guests in decorative holiday containers, or package up for future meals.
  • If you bake for the holidays ahead of time, freeze until serving.

 

At parties and gatherings:
  • Bring a healthier option–grilled shrimp, chicken satay, cut up raw vegetables or a fruit tray.
  • Socialize away from the food table.
  • Choose lower calorie drinks like virgin Caesars, sugar-free pop or sparkling water.
  • Use a smaller plate.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit.
  • Focus on the food when eating and eat slowly.

 

Learn more healthy tips at Healthy Eating Starts Here http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/5602.asp.

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